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Old 04 December 2008, 22:04   #1
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Ever had your arse chewed.

The following pics are taken from Fernando's boat of my friend Steve's boat a month ago a few miles of San Carlos. No, they are not photo shopped. They now are the center photo spread of Dec. issue of Marlin Magazine. That is an orca "playing" with a 33ft. boat.
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Old 05 December 2008, 07:03   #2
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Probably one of the few times a "real" boat has the leg up on a rubber boat. Very cool pics...

My brother was in Antarctica a couple of years ago. While they were landing in a large Zodiac SIB, a Leopard seal came up and chomped on the cone on the end of the tube. Considering their teeth, everyone was surprised that it didn't puncture the thing...
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Old 05 December 2008, 11:22   #3
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If 'Willy' had stuck his bottom lip in those props he would've backed off pretty sharpish.
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Heard tell of a UC Santa Cruz researcher doing some chumming at Ano Nuevo (back when it was legal to do so.)

They used a largish hard boat as a base, and an inflatable as a runaround, until a white shark "investigated" the inflatable. They used Boston Whalers after that.

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Looks like it was payback for the fish that had been caught by the boat in the past.
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Old 05 December 2008, 13:40   #6
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Steve sent the series of pics. into the Orca research institute who identified it as the fish, not mammal, eating variety. Apparently, they have very sensitive skin and play in the prop wash as a sort of jacuzi. The orca was resting it's lower jaw on the transom swim platform.
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I've been played .. circled and then bumped by a large Minky, 40 feet or so, sadly no photos, .. I believe my fish wash doing this out of interest as they are very nosey.. the Orca .. I'm a little more sceptical about its intentions Good photos all the same LL !
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... the Orca research institute who identified it as the fish, not mammal, eating variety.
I think that works like this....

Big-ass orca eats person.
Notices bad taste in mouth.
Spits out mangled, dis-membered person while making sour face.
Orca resumes looking for fish.

I used to dive north of Vancouver Island quite a bit and the resident orca expert up there could easily distinguish between "residents" that eat fish, and "transients" that eat mammals. He exited the water regardless of the type nearby. I guess he wasn't absolutely certain, or was concerned about a fish-eater with an adventurous palette~

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Funny, though; I don't think there's ever been a record of an orca attacking a human (other than at a marine amusement park), has there?

I certainly have never heard of one.

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I certainly have never heard of one.
Me too neither. But then there is the occasional person that just goes missing....
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